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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: Why Aren’t Dinosaurs in the Zoo?
By TJ Nickel


She climbed into bed and grabbed her stuffed Stegosaurus. She started to sing the song from its voice,
“…I’m a funny looking dinosaur. On my back are many bony plates…”* and then silence engulfed her deep stare into Steggie’s black, glass eyes.


It being a question keyed me into her sadness.

“Yes, sweetie.”

“How come there’s dinosaurs in the museum, but not in the zoo?”

“Well, because dinosaurs aren’t around anymore.”

“You mean they’re all dead.”

That it wasn’t a question keyed me into truths beyond my years, or rather that my years had hidden me from.

“Why did all the dinosaurs die?”

“Well, scoot over and I’ll tell you the story,” I said as I crawled under her covers with her. She nestled deep into her pillow and held onto my arm, unsure if this story would heal her wound, or add years of baggage to wade her into a sleep.


Long after Adam and Eve, the people had all turned their backs on God. In His grief, God picked out one man named Noah, and told him to build a huge ark to save his family and the animals from a great rainstorm.

Noah began building the ark and all the people in the city wondered what he was doing. When he told them, they laughed and were very mean to Noah. The teasing became much worse when…all of a sudden animals began showing up in Noah’s yard. They stayed in the front and Noah and his family built the ark in the back, near the hill that fell into the valley. There were all kinds of bugs that showed up on the first day and the people were all laughing and thought God had cursed Noah by putting nasty bugs all over his land. Then, the land animals showed up and again the people laughed at the rhinos, lions, bears and all the others resting on his property. A stench began to fill the air and the people began saying horrible things about Noah. His family was sad, but they kept working on the ark. Then, the birds showed up and made homes in all of Noah’s trees – two of every kind, just like it says in the Bible.

It started to rain.

The rain fell down for two straight days while Noah and his family finished up the ark. Working in the rain wasn’t easy, but they kept at it. The rain caused the valley behind the ark to fill with water and two of every kind of animal in the water showed up and made their way onto the ark. Finally, the dinosaurs arrived at Noah’s land.

At this same time, the people began to fear the rain and wondered if Noah was right about the great storm that God had promised would come. On the third day, as their homes were flooding, the people made their way to Noah’s property and gathered in the knee-deeps waters. There, they saw all the animals making their way from the front of the land toward the ark. Scared, they decided to try kicking the animals off the ark so that they could be on it. They rushed onto Noah’s land.

The dinosaurs turned to protect the ark from the people. The ark began to float away and the dinosaurs were left behind. One dinosaur with a huge mouth jumped and bit a hole into the back of the ark. But, he couldn’t hold on and so he swam back to the others.

It rained for over a month and then the rain turned to snow, the water to ice, and finally the ark came to rest high up in a mountain. Noah and the animals all left the ark and when the weather allowed, they made their way down the mountain where it would be warmer. They were all sad that the dinosaurs didn’t make it onto the ark. They died with all the people.

In all their sadness, nobody noticed the collection of eggs left in the ark where the one dinosaur had bitten into the back. He bit into it to drop off dinosaur eggs. Those eggs are frozen somewhere high in a mountain, just waiting for the ice to melt so that they can hatch.


The smile she wore rained forty days upon my spirit. As her eyes closed to relive this story time and again, mine gave silent thanks for new life, her life, and His Story.

*Popular children’s song, author unknown.

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Karri Compton08/02/07
Many would argue that dinosaurs still live, but I loved the story.
Dee Yoder 08/04/07
Creative story, to say the least. A child would be well satisfied with the tale of the dinosaurs.
Elizabeth Burton08/05/07
I love this story! I've always been someone who couldn't wait to meet the dinosaurs in heaven, so it's neat to think that there could still be eggs out there on earth! Very imaginative.
Jan Ackerson 08/06/07
This is precious! What a wonderful fable, and I love the insights into the father's thoughts as he spins this yarn for his daughter. This reminds me very much of stories that my dad used to tell, and your little one will remember it for a long time.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/06/07
This is a delightful story that would cheer the heart of any young one.
Catrina Bradley 08/07/07
Very nice - great story-telling voice, I could hear you telling the tale. And what a wonderful tale you wove! Great job. :)
Joanne Sher 08/08/07
Very creative - with a wonderful voice. This truly blessed me.
Janice Fitzpatrick08/08/07
Oh how wonderful a tale the parent has told the litle daughter in this prescious story. I really like this. Great job hon.
Caitlynn Lowe08/08/07
Very creative. :)
Sara Harricharan 08/08/07
What a fun explanation! This was just too cute, a story within a story. ^_^
Betty Castleberry08/08/07
So creative and so much fun. Any little child would love hearing this. Kudos.
Kristen Hester08/08/07
This is cute and creative. Good job.
Julie Ruspoli08/09/07
Very creative story. I read it fast to see what happened to the dinosaurs. Great article.
Alexandria Pearl08/09/07
Janice Cartwright08/16/07
Warm and fuzzy dinosaurs protecting the ark - how creative! Much better than the bully thugs of Jurassic Park~:)